The University of Toronto (U of T) seeks a confident, empowering, and highly-effective leader for the position of Director, HR Services (Division of University Operations). Reporting to the Vice-President University Operations (VPUO), the Director—who sits at the leadership table with the VPUO and senior leaders of the Division’s other seven units—is a valued member of the senior management team. With an indirect reporting relationship to the University’s Chief Human Resources Officer, the Director works in a proactive, innovative, collaborative, efficient and effective manner across the portfolio and with the University’s central HR office.
With approximately 1,700 full-time employees and an overall budget of $290M, the Division of VPUO is a large and complex institutional body at the University of Toronto. The Division is driven by the University’s mission of knowledge creation, educational program delivery and community service, and is home to several units including Ancillary Services, Facilities & Services, Information Technology Services, Planning & Budget, and University Planning, Design and Construction. The Director, HR Services oversees, leads and manages the full range of non-academic Human Resources Services to assigned departments/units in the Division, ensures efficiencies in human resources practices, and ensures that resources are maximized.
Within the VPUO portfolio the Director currently supports the following areas: Ancillary Services, Facilities & Services, and University Planning, Design & Construction. The functional areas include but are not limited to: recruitment and retention, on-boarding and orientation, performance management, organizational change, succession planning, training and development, health & safety, workplace accommodation, labour and employee relations, employee engagement and rewards and payroll and benefits.
Working in collaboration with the VPUO management team and the Central Administrative Human Resources Services Office (CAHRS), the Director ensures that existing and new human resources policies, strategies and programs are aligned with the goals and objectives of the individual business areas and with VPUO overall goals, and are consistent with and support the broader university-wide Human Resources and University of Toronto goals, within the framework of relevant legislation and University policies and procedures. The Director provides leadership to a team of Human Resources professionals and leads all HR projects within their client groups.
For the role of Director, HR Services a University degree together with completion of a Certified HR professional designation (CHRP) and/or Master’s degree in Human Resources, Industrial Relations or a related field, or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience is required. The ideal candidate has deep knowledge of human resources best practices, labour relations, collective agreements, and related employment legislation; demonstrated managerial, coaching, consulting, mentoring and team-building skills; strong oral, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills; strong research and analytical skills; demonstrated skill working effectively with a diverse group of clients and experience fostering an inclusive environment; demonstrated commitment to the promotion of equity in the workplace and an ability to work effectively with all constituents in a highly diverse, unionized environment; proven ability to exercise sound judgment, tact, diplomacy and persuasion; demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as the ability to make independent decisions and direct others in critical situations; ability to effectively manage complex or sensitive situations; skill in managing conflict; good mediation skills; and, an ability to manage multiple, competing and frequently changing priorities.
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. In accordance with the AODA Act, accommodation will be provided throughout the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities.
Consideration of candidates will commence late February 2018. Nominations and/or applications should be submitted, in confidence, to Jason Murray at email@example.com.